Bob Verini

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'Ivanov'

Review: 'Ivanov'

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For decades, international theatrical visionaries have sought to liberate the true essence of Chekhov's plays from the comfortable warmth of samovar and tea-cozy, box-set naturalism.

'I Love My Wife'

Review: 'I Love My Wife'

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Michael Stewart and Cy Coleman's "I Love My Wife" is one of the least-often revived long-run tuners (857 Broadway perfs), largely because of its giddy attitudes toward wife swapping and drug use…

'Xanadu'

Review: 'Xanadu'

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The silly, slaphappy 2007 tuner "Xanadu" is a delicious dessert inspired by a sour stew, the 1980 stinkeroo of the same name. Disco-era jukebox of Jeff Lynne/John Farrar/Electric Light Orchestra…

'Silk Stockings'

Review: 'Silk Stockings'

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Musical Theater West's "Silk Stockings," however "reinvigorated" (their word) by helmer Stuart Ross's updating and rewrite, amply explains why this wan adaptation of 1939 Greta Garbo classic…

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